Your Horsham Dentist Recommends Bi-annual Dental Checkups

January 11, 2016

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If you see your general practitioner, your eye doctor and your OBGYN once a year for a checkup, then why do you need to see your dentist twice a year? Actually, the answer is simple—dentistry is all about prevention. For the most part, medicine is a reactive profession. In other words, you come to your doctor when something is wrong so he or she can help you feel better. Your dentist, on the other hand, works to prevent something from going wrong to begin with, so you don’t have to contend with a dental problem. That’s why Dr. Henkel and his team of dental hygienists and dental assistants want to see you at least twice each year for a dental checkup.

Practice Great Dental Care Habits with the Horsham Family Dentist

September 16, 2015

Happy family with outstanding oral health from their horsham family dentistGreat dental health starts and ends at home. There are no two ways about it. True, whenever you come to our office for a dental checkup or any other service, it can improve your oral health and give you a beautiful smile. It’s what we specialize at doing. However, at-home care is just as important as coming in to our office for a checkup. From brushing and flossing to watching what you eat, it all adds up in deciding how healthy your mouth will be.

Have A Bad-Breath Problem? Fix It!

July 16, 2015

Bad breath can be stopped if you're proactive.Bad breath is a serious issue for some people. There are varying degrees of bad breath, especially in the “smell” category. No two cases of bad breath are the same, and some can be flat-out horrible. Bad breath didn’t invade your system on its own – it needed something to get it that way. The United States has a bad breath problem with one in four people suffering from the disease. Most of the problem can be pointed back to poor dental hygiene practices. Are you brushing as well as you think you are or could you use some help in other areas? Our Horsham, PA office wants you to know that bad breath shouldn’t be something you have to deal with forever. It can be fixed with some changes in your dental hygiene as well as what you’re eating. Are you ready to kick halitosis to the curb?

Get to the Root of the Problem with Root Canal Therapy

October 14, 2014

480377293Sometimes, a root canal is the retort to an offer of something you really don’t want—as in, “I want that like I want a root canal.” But if you are experiencing the pain of severe tooth decay or an infected tooth, then the best choice may indeed be a root canal. Dr. Gary Henkel at Horsham Dental Elements in Philadelphia, PA, and Horsham, PA, is an expert in root canal therapy and uses state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that you receive the finest care possible.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

A root canal is the terminology used to describe the procedure used to save a badly decaying or infected tooth. During a root canal, Dr. Henkel—who lectures on endodontics and provides consulting services to three endodontic supply manufacturers or suppliers—removes the nerve, blood and soft tissue inside the canal. Then, the canal is thoroughly cleaned of decay and debris, and finally Dr. Henkel fills the canal to prevent further decay. Throughout the procedure, Dr. Henkel uses a surgical microscope for magnification and the best visibility possible during your root canal.

When is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?

Well first of all, if you are experiencing the pain of a severely decayed or infected tooth, a root canal will eliminate that pain. Secondly, the bacteria that causes the decay and infection can spread beyond the root of the tooth, bringing about an abscess. Although there are instances when no symptoms are present, some of the signs that may signal the need for a root canal include:

  • Extreme tooth pain when chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • A darkening color of the tooth
  • Swelling of the gums around the tooth

With proper general dentistry care, a root canal may be avoidable. If one is necessary, however, rapid attention is required to head off further trouble, such as gum disease or the spread of bacteria throughout the body.

Call Our Office Today

If you suspect that you may need root canal therapy, schedule an appoint today with Dr. Gary Henkel at Horsham Dental Elements in Philadelphia, PA, or Horsham, PA. Our offices also serve patients in surrounding Bucks county and Montgomery county, as well as Hatboro, Springfield and Dresher.

Preserve Oral Health & Overall Wellness with Laser Periodontal Therapy in Philadelphia, PA

August 26, 2014

454389001Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults. Research has also revealed a link between untreated periodontal disease and a lengthy list of systemic health conditions, including heart disease and some forms of cancer. At Horsham Dental Elements in Philadelphia, PA and Horsham, PA, Dr. Gary Henkel and his dedicated team are committed to helping patients with gum disease protect themselves from dangerous complications with laser periodontal therapy.

Advantages of Laser Periodontal Therapy

When a patient’s gums are infected, the immune system goes into overdrive, sending antibodies to the source of the excessive bacteria in the tissue. Inflammatory mediators and toxins are released into the blood stream, wreaking havoc on other tissues and organs throughout the body. Periodontal disease must be treated with specialized therapy; regular brushing and flossing will not mitigate the effects of the infection once it has taken hold. With laser periodontal therapy, Dr. Henkel can effectively halt the disease before it leads to even more complex issues, including tooth loss and deterioration of bone tissue in the jaw.

While traditional periodontal surgery involves the use of a scalpel to remove infected tissue, laser periodontal therapy efficiently eradicates the infection in a way that does not require cutting or the use of sutures. The laser cauterizes the treated area immediately; this makes the procedure not only more effective, but also substantially more comfortable for the patient. At Horsham Dental Elements, our goal is to help you achieve optimal oral health in a way that suits your lifestyle and fulfills your unique needs. If you or someone in your family is suffering from the common symptoms of gum disease – including bleeding, redness, and swelling – we genuinely want to help.

Care for Your Smile; Protect Your Health

Reduce your risk of developing serious health problems – including high blood pressure, diabetes, pregnancy complications, heart disease, blood and pancreatic cancer, and respiratory illnesses – by scheduling your laser periodontal therapy visit today. Our offices in Horsham, PA and Philadelphia, PA warmly welcome families from throughout surrounding areas in Bucks County and Montgomery County, including Springfield, Hatboro, Dresher, and beyond. Contact us today to learn more and to reserve your visit with Dr. Henkel. 

Finally Find Real Relief from Bruxism with Dr. Gary Henkel

June 17, 2014

shutterstock_196648349Though the term “bruxism” may not necessarily be a common household name, the condition it describes is actually quite prevalent in the United States. It is estimated that bruxism, or teeth grinding, affects as many as 20 percent of American adults and up to 38 percent of children. When left untreated, bruxism may lead to a number of undesirable side effects and damage to the structures of the oral cavity. At Horsham Dental Elements in Philadelphia, PA and Horsham, PA, Dr. Gary Henkel and his team offer an all-encompassing array of general and preventive dentistry services, including treatment for bruxism.

Understanding the Importance of Treating Bruxism

When the jaws clench tightly during sleep, an immense amount of pressure is exerted without the patient’s conscious knowledge. This force is far more powerful than anything experienced during normal chewing, placing the teeth at risk of damage over time. Combined with clenching, dragging the teeth across each other causes wear and tear that actually becomes visible at a certain point, making the top surfaces of the teeth appear flatter and shorter.

Fortunately, there are oral appliances that can be prescribed by your dentist to prevent this type of damage. Dr. Henkel can provide you with a custom-fitted oral splint or mouthguard that is worn only at night to stop bruxism. Any serious damage caused by bruxism, including worn teeth or fractures in enamel, can be repaired at our office as well, as Dr. Henkel performs restorative and cosmetic dentistry as well.

Bruxism Treatment that Really Works

If you or someone in your family is suffering from nighttime teeth grinding, contact our office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Henkel and our caring, experienced staff. We look forward to showing you how much of an impact our bruxism and TMJ therapies can make in your daily life. From our two convenient locations in Philadelphia, PA and Horsham, PA, we also proudly serve patients from surrounding areas in Bucks County and Montgomery County, including Hatboro, Dresher, Springfield, and more.

The Importance of Oral Cancer Screening: Vital Information from Horsham Dental Elements

May 26, 2014

shutterstock_158422688According to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, approximately 42,440 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. Of these men and women, 8,390 will succumb to this aggressive disease. At Horsham Dental Elements in Philadelphia, PA and Horsham, PA, Dr. Gary Henkel and his team offer comprehensive oral cancer screenings as a part of our general and preventive dentistry services. With the latest technology and truly compassionate care, we help patients of all ages protect themselves against the complications of oral health diseases, including oral cancer.

Why is Oral Cancer Screening Important?

Like all other forms of cancer, oral cancer is most successfully treated when diagnosed in its earliest stages. During oral cancer screenings, Dr. Henkel is able to detect the beginning stages of lesions and other growths that may indicate the presence of cancerous cells.

Though there is no substitute for a professional cleaning, exam, and oral cancer screening at Horsham Dental Elements, there are some signs that you can be aware of at home between visits to our office. Contact us immediately if you notice any of the following:

  • Sores, ulcers, or unusual lumps
  • Problems with chewing or the way that dental prosthetics fit against the gums
  • Difficulties with speech
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Unexplained loss of appetite with or without weight loss
  • Pain when swallowing
  • White or gray lesions on the tongue, gums, lips, cheek lining, or floor of the mouth

Because these symptoms may be indicative of concerns other than oral cancer, they should still be evaluated to rule out the possibility of potentially serious conditions.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Has it been more than six months since your last oral healthcare checkup? If so, it’s time to schedule your appointment with Dr. Henkel at Horsham Dental Elements. Contact us today to discover what a difference our unique, patient-centric approach can make in your oral health and your life. From our two conveniently located offices in Horsham, PA and Philadelphia, PA, we also happily serve patients from throughout Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks Counties, including Springfield, Dresher, Hatboro, and beyond.


Find Relief from Impacted Wisdom Tooth Pain at Horsham Dental Elements

April 19, 2014

Shutterstock Happy Dental Patient (2)Wisdom teeth, or the third molars, are extraneous teeth that often cause problems that affect other teeth throughout the mouth. When wisdom teeth fail to erupt properly, the result can be a potentially painful condition called impaction. Fortunately, Dr. Gary Henkel and his team at Horsham Dental Elements provide a comprehensive menu of general and restorative dentistry services, including wisdom tooth removal. At our two conveniently located offices in Horsham, PA and Philadelphia, PA, our team combines the most advanced technology in the industry with a personalized touch for a superior patient experience.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction in Philadelphia & Horsham

An impacted wisdom tooth is typically discovered in one of two ways. The first is through an examination and x-ray taken by your dentist, during which the problem is usually detected before it becomes a serious issue. Clearly, this is preferable to the alternative: finding out that you are suffering from wisdom tooth impaction when painful symptoms arise.

Individuals with impacted wisdom teeth often experience mild to moderate discomfort at first, particularly if the tooth has partially erupted and the surrounding gum tissue becomes infected. If left untreated for any extended period of time, the tooth may begin to throb incessantly and send shooting pains throughout the jaw and even up into the ear.

In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth do not cause any noticeable symptoms but still negatively affect overall oral health. Depending on the angle at which the teeth grow, they can cause severe crowding of other teeth, making it more difficult to clean them properly. Dr. Henkel and his experienced team of oral healthcare professionals can discuss with you your individual circumstances and your options regarding extraction to provide lasting relief from wisdom tooth pain. Our goal is to provide you with the comfort and personal attention you deserve at every visit, from routine cleanings and necessary extractions to cosmetic treatments and restorative procedures.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth or simply have questions regarding impaction and extraction, contact us today and schedule your consultation with Dr. Henkel. From our two locations in Horsham, PA and Philadelphia, PA, we proudly serve patients from communities in Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties, including Hatboro, Dresher, Springfield, and beyond. We look forward to giving you and your family a reason to smile!

Protect Yourself From the Hidden Dangers of Gum Disease at Horsham Dental Elements

February 12, 2014

When you think of periodontal disease, what is the first thing that comes to mind? More than likely, you imagine swollen, reddened gums and bleeding when you brush, but did you know that advanced gum disease can also lead to a number of far more serious health concerns? At Horsham Dental Elements in Philadelphia and Horsham, Dr. Gary Henkel wants you to know how important proper periodontal therapy is – not only for the health of your smile, but for your overall well being.

A Systemic Connection

When the overabundance of bacteria in infected gums enters the blood stream, it can travel throughout the body, wreaking silent havoc on otherwise healthy tissues and organs. Because many people suffering from gum disease aren’t even aware that they’re affected, they don’t think to make the connection between other health problems and the condition of their mouths. The following are some of the potentially life-threatening complications associated with untreated periodontal disease:

  • Increased risk of heart attack (due to coronary artery disease)
  • Higher chance of suffering a stroke
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • High blood pressure
  • Gastrointestinal problems (may become chronic)
  • Links to pancreatic cancer
  • Preterm birth and low birth weight in babies whose mothers had gum disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Fortunately, periodontal therapy and regular cleanings at Horsham Dental Center can substantially reduce the risk of these complications, even in patients whose oral condition is severe. The key to successful treatment of gum disease is catching the infection in its early stages and beginning treatment as soon as possible.

If you suspect that you may be suffering from periodontal disease and you’re ready to take the first step toward better health, contact us in Horsham, PA or Philadelphia, PA today. Dr. Henkel and his staff gladly serve patients from throughout Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, including Dresher, Hatboro, Springfield and more.


Bring Your Damaged Teeth Back From the Brink with Root Canal Therapy in Horsham and Philadelphia

September 25, 2013

When it comes to dental treatments, “root canal” always seems to be the phrase that leaves patients feeling the most frightened. While it may be true that in the past, the procedure was difficult and invasive, today’s technology and advanced anesthesia options have helped to make its bad reputation completely unwarranted! In fact, patients with severely damaged or decayed teeth who are facing extraction can now have their smile restored to full form and functionality with the help of root canal therapy. Here at Horsham Dental Elements, Dr. Henkel and his team are happy to offer this revitalizing procedure to patients from Horsham, Philadelphia, and beyond. With our help, your teeth can stay safe and whole for years to come!

What happens during root canal therapy?

We’ll simply clean the diseased bacteria and pulp out of the canals within the affected tooth, seal off the area so that further infection can’t reach it, and then restore its structure with a beautiful, custom-made porcelain crown. By the time Dr. Henkel is finished, you’ll hardly be able to tell you had any work done in the first place!

Most patients report very minimal pain when undergoing root canal therapy, and in fact, the procedure has a very high success rate; many teeth that have undergone the treatment go on to last a lifetime. Plus, with our advanced surgical microscope and Dr. Henkel’s vast wealth of experience concerning endodontics, your smile is sure to be in the most capable hands around.

Contact either our Horsham or Philadelphia office today if you have any questions about root canal therapy, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment. Our dental team is committed to providing patients with comprehensive, personalized care that puts their comfort first and gives them a reason to smile brighter.

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